The FA appointed barrister in charge of the inquiry into Mark Sampson’s racism allegations, Katharine Newton, is allegedly set to interview three England players who are said to be key witnesses to the case.

According to the Guardian, Newton has changed her mind ‘behind the scenes’ over Sampson’s racism allegations and plans to interview Manchester City players, Jill Scott and Izzy Christiansen, and Reading’s Jo Potter.

In China in 2015, Sampson was accused of asking the Chelsea footballer, Drew Spence, how many times she’d been arrested. However, Spence’s name has only recently come to light.

The Chelsea midfielder has already been spoken to again as apart of Newton reopening the case.

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LA MANGA, SPAIN – MARCH 03: Drew Spence of England runs with the ball during the U-23 friendly match between England and Germany at la Manga Club on March 3, 2014 in La Manga, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

The three England internationals are said to be key witness to the case who were over-looked in the initial three-month investigation, which has seen Newton come under heavily criticism.

All three were reportedly there during the meeting in which the alleged comments from Sampson were made.

Sampson lost his job as England manager last month after allegations of inappropriate behaviour during his time at Bristol Academy pre-2013 were brought to light.

The Football Association carried out an investigation at the time and didn’t see him as a threat. He was then handed the England job.

The FA insist that Sampson’s dismissal has nothing to do with Eni Aluko’s original racism claims.

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